November 11, 2020
The Beehive
Issue 15

From the Principal’s Desk 
Dear Blossom Hill Families:

Please be sure to read the information below about our upcoming Picture Day on Wednesday, November 18th. As always, our families' safety is a priority and we have appropriate protocols set up to ensure this. We are very excited to have the opportunity to see all of our students on campus that day. We can't wait to see you!

In education together, 
Lisa Reynolds
Principal, Blossom Hill School
Phone: 408.335.2100
Picture Day
Wednesday, November 18th
How will this work?
Before Picture Day:
  • Parents must complete a COVID health form to be emailed to each family in advance.

Picture Day:
  1. Bring your student(s) to campus during your slotted hour to your assigned gate (see schedule below).
  2. Turn in your COVID health form at the check-in desk.
  3. All students (and anyone accompanying them) must wear a mask.
  4. Parents will wait at the exit gate for their child(ren).
  5. We will take your students’ temperature and ask them to use hand sanitizer.
  6. Each student will receive a photo card to give to the photographer.
  7. The photographer will take two shots, one with a mask and one without.
  8. All photos will be taken in front of a green screen.
  9. Sibling photos can be taken at the same time. 
  10. Students will exit campus through the designated exit gate.

After Picture Day:
  1. Every parent email address we have on file will receive an email with a link to view/order photos.
  2. The link may be shared with other family members (grandparents, etc.).
  3. You will select a background for your students’ photo.
  4. Photo packages will be mailed directly to your home and should arrive before the winter break.

Make up Picture Day:  January 7, 2021



  • 11/9 - 11/20 - One Warm Coat Drive*

  • 11/11 - Veteran's Day - No School

  • 11/13 - Deadline for Yearbook Cover Contest Entries (extended from 11/11)

  • 11/15 - Deadline for Harvest Festival Submissions*

  • 11/18 - School Picture Day**

  • 11/18 - Shannon Road Neighborhood Traffic Calming Meeting, 6-7pm (online)*

  • 11/19 - LGUSD Board Meeting, 6:30pm (online)

  • 11/23 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

  • 11/30 - 12/11 - Hicklebee's Book Fair (online)*
*Scroll down for more details on these events.
**See details above "From the Principal's Desk"
If you need a yard sign or want to send a picture of your child with their sign for our bulletin board, please email Jennifer Shapiro at [email protected].


Office Hours: 
7:30 am - 4 pm

Blossom Hill Good News
Need some good news? Each week, check out the Wednesday morning announcements (found in your child's Google Classroom). Enjoy Mrs. Adams' special Blossom Hill song, fifth graders leading the Pledge and telling the "buzz" at Blossom Hill, important messages from Mrs. Reynolds, and funny dad jokes from our custodial staff. The Blossom Hill Good News will put a smile on your face.
Preparing our Children for Tomorrow’s Headlines
The "Preparing Our Children for Tomorrow's Headlines" event originally scheduled for Thursday, November 12th has been postponed and will be re-scheduled for a later date.
Kudos Korner
A big Superhero-sized thank you from the Home & School Club to Staff Appreciation co-chairs, and "Bee-lieve" Brigade leaders, Kristin Hutchinson and Melissa Crow, for providing the wonderful lunches, special treats, and decorations to show our appreciation for our Superheroes (aka our teachers and staff) during conference week. This special week was made possible by the many families who generous contributed. Thank you everyone!
Hicklebee's Virtual
Book Fair Coming Soon!
Mark your calendars for the 2020 Hicklebee's Book Fair. This year the Book Fair will be virtual and run from November 3oth to December 11th. Check back in the coming weeks for the link.
One Warm Coat Drive - November 9th-20th
This year Blossom Hill Elementary will again team up with One Warm Coat to hold a coat drive and we need your help!  

Did you know, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, an estimated 40 million Americans are unemployed? Prior to the pandemic, 1 in 8 American households were already living in poverty. In every corner of the United States, families are struggling – and the need for warmer clothing, combined with increased utility costs, will make the winter months more challenging for those with already-strapped budgets. 

From November 9-20, stop by the office to drop off gently worn coats into the One Warm Coat bin. You can also drop off coats during your grade's materials pick up/drop off day. All coats collected will be donated locally to our neighbors in need.

We hope you will support our coat drive and help us warm our neighbors in need. You can learn more about One Warm Coat by visiting their website at  Thank you for your consideration!
Project Cornerstone
Lesson #2 - Giraffes Can't Dance
Theme: Love Who You Are—
Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drum

Social and Emotional Learning Message

The focus of this book is to help students recognize that they have personal power and can choose to take control of their response to challenges. Everyone is unique! By noticing, naming, and celebrating talents and abilities, we tap into the power of positive thinking and learn to treat each other with respect, acceptance, and sensitivity.
The goals for this lesson are:
  • Students will explore how they can use their positive personal power in a way that benefits both themselves and others.
  • Students will learn how positive actions, words, and behaviors can make a big difference in how others feel.

The following questions go along with the Cornerstone video:

Pause 1: 
1. What do you notice Gerald is good at and what is a challenge for him? (He is good at standing still, eating, his neck is long and slim; he can’t run very well, he falls down, he’s clumsy, he has skinny legs)

Pause 2: 
1. Do you think Gerald showed courage as he started to walk toward the dance floor? (thumbs up yes, thumbs down no) 

2. Why do you think it took courage for Gerald to walk onto the dance floor? (he’s clumsy, he knows he can’t dance well but he still wanted to try) 

3. How did Gerald respond to the hurtful words of the other animals? (he agreed, he felt sad, he left the dance, he felt alone)

Pause 3: 
1. Who supports Gerald with positive words? (the cricket) 

2. How does the cricket help Gerald feel better about himself? (gave him support, lets him know it’s okay to be different, tells him he needs a different song, helps Gerald change his thoughts about himself
Don't Miss Out on The Harvest Festival Fun!
  • Design a new Harvest Festival game!

  • Participate in the Harvest Baking Showcase!

  • Show off your costume in the (virtual) Halloween Parade!

Visit the Harvest Festival 2020 website for more information. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, November 15th.
Blossom Hill Vision Statement 
(Abilities and skills we expect our students to acquire and take-out into the world) 
All students will have the necessary skills to become enthusiastic, life-long learners and productive, empathetic, respectful members of society. 
Blossom Hill Mission Statement 
(What we need to do as a school community to ensure this happens) 
The Blossom Hill School community takes pride in providing an enriched standards-based curriculum in a safe, nurturing environment. We strive to appreciate an awareness of students’ developmental needs to help them progress towards independence. 
Blossom Hill Elementary School
16400 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Lisa Reynolds, Principal | [email protected]
Phone: 408-335-2100 | Fax: 408-356-0887 | Attendance Line: 408-335-2145
Blossom Hill Home & School Club
Jennifer Shapiro, President | [email protected]  
*The Beehive newsletter is approved by Principal Lisa Reynolds and the H&SC Board and is written exclusively to provide the Blossom Hill community with pertinent, weekly school information. Articles, information, calendars, etc. may not be duplicated or re-printed in any manner without the permission of the Home & School Club or the Blossom Hill school administration.

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